Inklings Documentary, part 2 (CBC Ideas)

Date(s) - October 17, 2013
9:05 pm - 10:00 pm

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CBC Ideas (Radio 1) Inklings Documentary

Several IIC members have contributed to this (Malcolm Guite, Ralph Wood, Laurel Gasque and Monika Hilder).

The CBC editor Frank Faulk has now confirmed airtime:

First hour: Thursday, October 10th, 9:05-10pm.

Second hour: Thursday, October 17th, 9:05-10 pm.

Schedule confirmation can be found here [1].

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963), author of best-sellers such as the and is one of the most well-known, beloved, arguably original, and, in some quarters, hated British authors of the twentieth century. He has ongoing impact as a literary artist, scholar, and Christian apologist. Critic William Empson hailed him as “the best-read man of his generation, one who read everything and remembered everything he read.” But how well has he been understood? What role did his friends play in his development? And what do Lewis and his friends have to say to us today?

Inklings Institute of Canada members contribute to two-part radio documentary: “C.S. Lewis and the Inklings” on CBC IDEAS, Thursday, October 10th, and on Thursday, October 17th (9:05 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.) Hour one: Alister McGrath; Monika Hilder; a father and his two daughters sharing their love of the ; and Malcolm Guite. Hour two: Alister McGrath, Monika Hilder, Malcolm Guite, Ralph C. Wood, Laurel Gasque, and Owen Barfield (grandson of Owen Barfield).

Producer Frank Faulk explores the following questions:

  • What misconceptions do people have about Lewis?
  • Was he sexist?
  • What was his early life like, from childhood until going to Oxford as a hardened atheist?
  • Did Owen Barfield help Lewis heal the split between reason and the imagination?
  • How did Lewis transform from atheist to one of the 20th century’s best known Christian writers and thinkers?
  • How do a Canadian father and his two daughters engage with the ?
  • How did other Inklings friends, such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams impact him?
  • How did Lewis and friends launch a powerful critique of modernity?

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